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The Influence of Family Policies on Fertility in France: Lessons from the Past and Prospects for the Future

  • Olivier ThévenonEmail author
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Abstract

France stands out from most other European countries because of its high and relatively stable fertility rate among the cohorts born since the 1950s. France’s broad, long-standing, and consistent family policies contribute to this stability, although the exact contribution is hard to quantify. This chapter presents the main fertility trends in France and the characteristics of French family policies that may influence fertility. It emphasizes the broad spectrum of policy measures that cover a wide range of families, regardless of their civil status, number of children, or the working status of parents. These policies offer continuous support to children throughout childhood. One strength of family policies in France has been their effective adaptation to the increasing diversity of family forms. Population aging, however, requires further adaptations that are also discussed in the chapter.

Keywords

Family policy Fertility Work-family balance France Population aging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques (INED)ParisFrance

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